Skype for Business and Teams features comparison table

Hi All,

I’ve created a features comparison table between Skype for Business and Teams.
I’ve tried to merge informations from various sources, and I’ll continue to update and add new features.
If you found any error or want to suggest new features to add in the table, please comment this page (would be greatly appreciated)!
As always, I hope this could help some of you.
Regards
Luca

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Contributors: Alessio Giombini, Chris HaywardGuy BacharShawn HarryPaul Bloem

Change Log:
13/12/2017: updated Modern Authentication and Teams Calling features
02/11/2017: updated AA and CQ
30/10/2017: updated Teams feautures
22/10/2017: updates
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>>> Excel version on TechNet here!<<<

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18 thoughts on “Skype for Business and Teams features comparison table

  1. Hi Luca, great work. I suspect that many will keep coming back to see how features progress. One small request, can you add a key that explains the colour coding. Would negate having to explain repeatedly.
    Regards,
    Paul

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    • Hi Paul, you are right! I completely forgot to add a “color legend”. You will find it in the next update. Thank you

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  2. Can you please assist me..What is the best way to tune up network performance in Skype for business online in a cloud environment

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    • First of all if your clients use a Proxy to access Internet, you need to avoid it with an exclusion and go direct through the firewall. This is a very common issue.

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  3. Hi Luca,
    Thanks for putting together such a comprehensive list. A small feat I’m sure it was not.
    Can I get clarification on one of the last features “Use own PSTN carrier” Is this for PSTN conferencing? Thanks
    Brandon

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    • Hi Brandon,
      the “Use own PSTN carrier” feautures is the ability to use a on-prem Voice Gateway connected to PSTN via TDM (ISDN BRI-PRI E1/T1) or SIP Trunk with you own Carrier, not Microsoft. Hope this could answer your question. Regards
      Luca

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  4. Hi Luca,

    First and foremost, Thank you very much for your efforts in putting this list together. I somewhat feel that your list mainly focuses on the On-Premises server with telephony system capabilities.

    But Luca, How about the other thousands of clients who don’t have any kind of Skype On-Premises investments at all and they are just using the Skype for Business Online? Do you happen to have a similar comparison matrix detailing the features?

    Thank you!
    Mary

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    • Hi Mary,
      Thank you for your kind comment. As you say, my main focus is on Enterprise Voice and related features, but not only. You can find information on SfB Online features in the “Phone System Calling Plan” column. I think I can improve the table changing this name (that’s the name used by Microsoft). Check again the table in the next few days!
      Also, please send me any feature request you have and that you do not find in the table, I’ll add it asap.
      Thank you. Best Regards. Luca

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  5. Luca, excellent table and I see you quickly update after last Wednesday announcements. You can take a look at my blog for some screenshots of Teams with Voice at http://www.djeek.com/.

    I would like to see an addition to your table and it concerns all the interops between the Skype client and the Teams client. It is very important that all the interops will work, since Microsoft will soon push the online users to Teams and we have to deal with the following situations:
    1. federation (clients with Lync 2013 / Skype 2015/9 vs Teams)
    2. split domain situations, on premise (or partner hosted) and Office 365.
    3. integrations with contact center, attendant etc
    4. OPCH / CCE model
    Currently I see interop only addressed very briefly in the capabilities roadmap and it’s very important that the main modalities are being adressed well, to name a few:
    1. presence (announced with unified presence)
    2. voice (yes but which codecs to each side use?), same for video
    3. desktopsharing (very important, but don’t see it addressed anywhere)
    4. conferencing (can skype client join teams meeting and vice versa)
    5. voice (p2p / conference / escalating)
    6. video (p2p / conference)
    I offer my help to help collect informatie and information to your excel. You can reach me at jako@djeek.com.

    Best regards
    Jako Boonekamp

    p.s. I miss the following in your list:
    Voice Recording and
    Busy-on-Busy and
    Contact Center and
    Skype Response Groups / Auto Attendant / Call Queue /
    UCMA/API
    Compliance / Archiving (i.e. Actiance)
    SBA / SBS support
    Multi regional deployments

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    • Hi Jako,
      thank you for your kind words!
      I’ll work on the argument you mentioned, interoperability is very important!

      For the missing points:
      Voice Recording -> it’s present under Centralized Call Recording solution
      Busy-on-Busy -> it’s present under Busy Option
      Contact Center -> it’s present under Contact Center solutions
      Skype Response Groups / Auto Attendant / Call Queue -> presents under Hunt Groups/Call Queue/IVR and Auto Attendant
      UCMA/API -> it’s present under API
      Compliance / Archiving (i.e. Actiance) -> it’s present under Archiving (centralized)
      SBA / SBS support -> it’s present under SBA/SBS

      Multi regional deployments -> this is not clear, what do you mean?

      Thank you for your contribution.
      Best Regards
      Luca

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      • Luca,
        When I submitted and when over the excel. I saw that several where in, sorry about that. If you are a global company. With On-premise, you can make several regional pools. In O365 it used to be that you were stuck to 2 Tenant in the region of contract. Recently they added regional deployments (so you could use local tenants for Skype). Not clear if that is the case for Teams as well. Very important for voice quality that you don’t exceed the 150 ms latency rule.

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      • Ok clear. Yes on-prem approach is very different compared with SfB Online and Teams. As you have seen, MS is updating the Network Quality monitor tool quite often, they are aware of the potential voice quality issue with Enterprise Voice with Cloud PSTN service.
        This argument is spread over different lines in the table: “Use Own PSTN Carrier”, Media Bypass, Location Based Routing and others. I think I should add a dedicated line 🙂

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